I was looking forward to a cosy read about village life in England in the 1950s (?). The fact that this is about a schoolmistress was just a bonus.
This was no Little House on the Prairie-type book though. The life of pioneers must be inherently more interesting... and I was expecting the same kinds of adventures in Fairacres (perhaps unreasonably so!).
I don't mind so much that nothing happens, but I find the switches in perspective strange (this is a first-person narrative, but on many occasions, we get to see the children's lives from a third-person narrator's point of view), and reading about the minutiae of slow-moving village life wasn't always so charming.